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    Dear forum guys/gals ....

    I should have lashed myself to the mast.

    After a great deal of reading, waiting, and general dithering about, I am now the proud owner of a Mamiya AFDII with a ZD back.

    After only a few shots, its clear that everyone was spot on in their posts, it's way not a speed demon, focuses worse than my antique F100, and needs a ton of lux. In short, not a surprise in the above sentence. These are the prices that you pay for life on the cheap.

    I am willing to make all the above sacrifices for the IQ! I mainly shoot figure nude studies in the studio, and I feel that this step up in IQ was a cheaper way to get it than a D3X! As near as I could tell, with the D3X, I would still need the D300 for somethings. ( Just like with the Mamiya ) This is my hobby, and I intentionally never try to make money from it, my day job is stressful enough, I don't need more on the weekends.

    This is a portrait of my neighbors father, shot in his driveway with very little concern for the light



    It looks to me like LR does not do well with moire, and I need to have a deeper look at that.

    On the link below, I have some comparisons with my Nikon D300 w/ 18-200 and the ZD w/ 80mm, I know that this is a way not fair test, but it gives me a real feel what to expect when I get out the better lenses. I've done a few portraits with a very good copy of the Tamron 28-75, and my 55 1.2 AI'd conversion is a sweet lens on digital.

    http://www.private.jonesii.net/2010%...iya/index.html



    Please feel free to have a look, and any comments are welcome.

    Dave

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    Congratulations Dave

    And so it begins. My first MF was a Mamiya AFD II and a Kodak back which turned into a P30+ then the AFD II turned into a AFDIII then the P30 turned into a P45+ while the AFDIII turned itself into a Cambo WRS. My suggestion is never feed your gear past midnight and never allow it to set in the dark!

    Great image and welcome to the club!

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    Congratulations, Dave. Soooooo, when are you getting the Cube?


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    Quote Originally Posted by kdphotography View Post
    Congratulations, Dave. Soooooo, when are you getting the Cube?

    oh man I forgot to ask that
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    very engaging portrait

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    Sweet, congrats! That setup in particular is probably one of the best deals going in MF right now. I almost made the leap a few times myself.

    Capture One has some decent moiré handling, you might give that a shot.

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    Congrats and welcome to the club!!!

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